Race Equipment and Nutrition


We use and recommend Michelin bike tyres 

Track conditions vary enormously depending on location and weather, so whether you prefer specialist tyres to suit the conditions of the day, or an all-round tyre that goes well just about anywhere, you can depend on Michelin tyres to provide you with reliable tyres that perform.

From the incredibly fast Michelin Jet XCR for dry conditions, to the universal Michelin Force XC, through to the Michelin Wild Mud Advanced for wet muddy conditions, there’s a Michelin tyre to get you through.

Cycle Closet Hampton – the best place for riding apparel

Do you need any clothing or apparel for the race? Then check out Cycle Closet to look like a pro from head to toe. They have a broad range of brands and styles of MTB, gravel and road attire and as riders and sponsors of the event they know what will make your race as comfortable as possible. Here’s some of what you can buy in Hampton to be Race Ready:

  • Water Bottles for your ride
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Gels and bars (incl CLIF fuel) for your nutrition needs
  • Rain jacket and/or Vest and/or thermal top and bottom (weather dependent).
  • Hopefully you’ll need tops and bottoms that breathe on a warm day
  • Helmets for a safe brain
  • Gloves, Shoes and Socks for protected hands and feet

Find them at: Shop 1, 516 Hampton St, Hampton Vic, or online www.cyclecloset.com

We use and recommend THULE – Bike Racks & Carriers

Bring your life, Bring your bike. Going on a cruisy ride, technical single trail or long-distance adventures, Thule products are designed to make you and your active life simple.

Transport your bikes safely and easily with a range of roof-mounted, rear-mounted and tow-ball carriers that are all easy to mount, use and store. Bring your gear with Thule stylish bike specific transport cases, bike duffel bags and hydration packs. Share the adventure and enjoy your active life, together with the Thule Chariot and Thule Yepp Nexxt Child Seats.



*for Otway Odyssey 100km, 50km and 30km MTB races only:

  • First Aid Kit, comprising:
    • 2 x crepe bandages
    • 2 x non-adhesive wound dressings
    • 6 x steri-strip wound closures
    • 1 x triangular bandage
    • 1 pr of surgical gloves

Pack your own, or available to purchase through your online entry, the merchandise page, or at registration on race weekend.

Random checks will be made throughout the event and those caught without a First Aid Kit or mask anywhere along the course, including at the start and finish lines, will be penalised 20 minutes.

  • Carry a facemask for times when you cannot social distance
  • Water!
    • At least two litres of water and/or sports drink at the start of your race – even more if it is a hot day and you drink a lot!
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Food and nutrition
    • Sustenance to last you until you reach the Forrest Festival site 
  • Bike kit, comprising:
    • pump, tyre levers, puncture repair kit, and at least one spare inner tube
    • chain breaker
    • allen key set
    • bike lube (eg, Squirt)
    • spare derailleur hanger (in case you break it or bend it)
    • and knowing how to use your tools!
  • Cash $!
    • to buy food or purchase bike repairs at the Festival.
    • there is no ATM at Forrest!
  • Rain jacket and/or thermal top and bottom (weather dependent).
  • Mobile phone
  • Emergency space blanket (available for purchase through online entry, or on our merchandise page)

This may sound like a lot of gear to be lugging around on a ride and in many cases you won’t need it all. However, if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote location, you’ll be well equipped to deal with most situations or stay safe until help arrives.

Check out this video for recommended ways to carry your equipment on the bike.

Pre-race equipment checks

Don’t forget to double check your bike for any mechanical issues before the race. HERE is a list of relatively simple things to check beforehand or take your bike to your nearest bike shop for a tune up before the race to make sure it’s running sweetly.


The Otway Odyssey will be serviced by two terrific hydration and nutrition brands – CLIF BAR and 32Gi – that will be stocked at each of the CLIF Fuel stations around the courses.

We encourage you to support these brands by training with them beforehand and racing with them on the day.


CLIF BAR are our recommended nutrition partner

Nutrient density relates to the ratio of nutrients vs calories in a food item. The more nutrients per calorie, the higher the nutrient density of that food.

Typically, wholefoods have a higher nutrient density than processed, packaged foods. Many processed foods tend to be high in calories but lacking in nutrients. It’s important to consume enough calories (kilojoules) per day to function and support our activity levels, but calories are only part of the story.

You can get protein, carbohydrates and fat from a variety of foods, including processed foods. However, quality protein, slow releasing carbohydrates and healthy fats are essential for optimal performance and the best sources come from wholefoods.

When you eat wholefoods, you also benefit from natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other compounds essential for overall health and wellness.

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At CLIF Bar, our bars are made of natural and organic, wholesome ingredients. We recognise the need for fast fuel during a race, which is why we offer our range of Energy Shots and Bloks. But when it comes to training, refuelling and feeding your adventures, CLIF Bars are the original, wholesome energy bar that provides you with all you need including 6g or more of plant-based protein, slow-releasing carbohydrates, healthy fats and 11 vitamins and minerals.

Click here to view the infographic on what to eat, when to make your race day a success!

Nutrition Information by Rapid Ascent

Click Here for Rapid Ascent’s recommended nutrition information in the lead up to, and during event day.